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Maitland DeLand

Maitland DeLand

Maitland DeLand, M.D. is a radiation oncologist who has spent most of her thirty-year career working with women and children. She also single-handedly raised two children who have struggled with their own illnesses. Her unique experiences providing healthcare to children in both her professional and personal life, prompted Dr. DeLand to pen The Great Katie Kate series, which is aimed at kids and helps them learn more about the various illnesses they’re facing such as asthma, diabetes and cancer.

“Throughout my career as both a doctor and mother, I have learned that children have a natural curiosity and a resilience that often surprises adults,” Dr. DeLand says. “Children want and need clear explanations and straight answers to gain a sense of control over their own lives.”

“I’m a doctor but I’m also a single mother of two,” Dr. DeLand explains. “My kids have endured significant medical issues including epilepsy, diabetes and asthma. So I know, from a parent’s perspective, what it’s like watching your children go through these difficult situations.”

M. Maitland DeLand, M.D. is a radiation oncologist, specializing in the treatment of cancer in women and children. One of the leaders in her field and the president, CEO, and owner of OncoLogics, Inc., a group of clinical cancer practices throughout Louisiana, Dr. DeLand serves as chairman of the Health Education Authority of Louisiana and a member of the Professional Advisory Board. She has dedicated her career to helping her patients and their families lead balanced and rewarding lives. Website:

The Great Katie Kate series is available on, Barnes&, and through all major booksellers.


Blog Posts by Maitland DeLand

  • When Diabetes Strikes

    When Diabetes Strikes: A Mother and Doctor Shares Her Personal Experience With Childhood Diabetes

    As a pediatric specialist, and mother to a child who was diagnosed with diabetes at a young age, I have a deep understanding of how parents strive to do everything they can to help their children. I also appreciate how dealing with a sudden and serious illness can bring on feelings of powerlessness. Many moms […]

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  • Making Sure A Childs Medical Needs Are Met

    Making Sure A Child’s Medical Needs Are Met During School Hours

    One of the hardest things to do as a parent of a child with an illness is to let go of control and have faith that the other adults in their life will take good care of them. This is especially difficult when your child is at school for 8 hours a day. So how […]

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  • From Serious Illness to Playtime

    From Serious Illness to Playtime! Maintaining A Sense of Wonderment After Your Child Falls Ill

    When a child falls ill, they are thrust into an adult world of doctor’s appointments, injections, medications and hospitals. Oftentimes a child struggling with illness doesn’t have enough energy to play – but playtime is an essential part of childhood and is beneficial both physically and mentally – especially when a child is ill. So […]

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  • Your Childs Illness

    Explaining Your Child’s Illness to School Administrators and Classmates

    So your child has been diagnosed with an illness – you’ve helped them learn all there is to know about their treatment and have set up a routine to ensure they are managing their symptoms. But your child still doesn’t completely understand their illness and certainly won’t be able to explain it to their teachers […]

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  • Going Back to School With A Serious Illness

    More Than Just The Sniffles: Going Back to School With A Serious Illness

    Going back to school after 3 long months of beaches, popsicles, fireworks and freedom can be a difficult transition for even the healthiest child but for a child dealing with a new diagnosis, going back to school can seem downright daunting. As a pediatric oncologist and mother to 2 children who’ve had their fair share […]

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